Project information

Preston Housing First

We are looking to buy derelict property to renovate and bring back into use as housing for people sleeping rough in the city. We will provide good quality housing and support using the housing first model

March 2019 - March 2020

Charity information: The Foxton Centre

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  • Need


    Rough sleeping has grown massively across the UK in recent years rising by 30% in Preston over the last 12 months.
    Many rough sleepers ahve multiple and complex needs drugs alcohol mental health as well as homelessness.
    These are complex problems that need support as well as accommodation to resolve
    We use the housing First model to address these needs


    We will buy run down property refurbish it and then use it to provide accommodation for rough sleepers taking them off the streets

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Refurbish property and offer construction training to service users


    » Training Employability confidence building Skills boosting

    What success will look like

    We will report on the purchase of the property and the use we are able to make of it

    Aim 2

    Provide accommodation and support


    » Get people off the street Transition them to a more settled lifestyle Teach them how to run a tenancy Get them in to appropraite treatment

    What success will look like

    We already run a successful scheme using a homeless outcomes model which chart people's progress to a more settled lifestyle

    Aim 3

    Tackle anti-social behaviour


    » Making the empty property useable will reduce anti-social behaviour squatting littering

    What success will look like

    We will monitor ASB reports in the area we purchase the property

  • Impact


    The Housing First approach is well researched and offers a tried and tested model to address the needs of homeless people with multiple and complex need
    we will monior the progress of people on the schme using a recognised outcomes framework where we and they can monitor their progress to a more settled lifestyle


    Property not available, Preston currently has 1100 properties on its empty property register
    Not relevant to homeless people, we have been operating a housing first scheme for 3 years so know it works
    ASB increases, this has not been the case with our service to date we will work closely with the police and local authority to ensure this is not the case


    We will publish quartely report outlining the progress mad by people, use anonomised case studies to illustrate the success of the scheme.
    We will produce an annual report outlining the progress made

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 property purchase buy a derelict property
      £25,000 refurbishment costs materials
      £5,000 professional fees solicitors architect
      £10,000 staffing project staff time

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    QHT £20,000 Conditional
    Foxton legacy £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be based in Preston in Lancashire


    Homeless people with multiple and complex need

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the recognised provider of services for homeless people in the city
    We are currently delivering a housing first scheme in the city which house 35 formerly homeless people
    We have good partners with the local councils, police and other partners
    We have a strong governance structure which means the service will be well managed and the money properly spent

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jeff Marsh

    Will lead the project